Athens Co. Confirms Seven New COVID-19 Cases For July 28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 326 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after seven additional cases were confirmed Tuesday.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the case in a press release sent July 28.

No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the case.

An analysis of ODH data indicates three of the cases confirmed Tuesday involved people aged 20-29, one involved a person aged 0-19, one involved a person aged 30-39, one involved a person 70-79 and one involved a person aged 80+.

A graphic shows COVID-19 cases in Athens County
[Athens City-County Health Department]
There are 104 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday. There are 221 recovered cases, according to the health department. Sixteen people in the county have had to be hospitalized since the start of the pandemic. There has been one death related to COVID-19 in the county that happened in March.

The Athens City-County Health Department commented on the trend of declining confirmed cases in the county on Tuesday.

“Recent efforts to reduce spread of disease are making an impact in reduction of COVID-19 cases in Athens County,” Health Commissioner Dr. James Gaskell wrote. “The health department is grateful for the cooperation and diligence of residents and businesses who are following guidance from the Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health and local leaders to wear facial coverings in public.”

statewide mask mandate went into effect last week at the order of Gov. Mike DeWine.

Anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms is asked to call their primary care physician, urgent care, or emergency department before arriving for care to let them know that they believe they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 virus.

An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 28, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 28, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 86,497 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. There have been 10,425 hospitalizations and 3,382 reported deaths.

The DOH makes the following recommendations to protect yourself from illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Ohio’s coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634. More information is available at